Previously published in Examiner
Part 10 of the caregivers series
Helping Someone Else Requires Helping Yourself: How to Be an Effective Caregiver
Montreal caregivers, like caregivers all over the world come in all shapes and sizes; they come in all ages and walks of life. Caregivers are motivated by passion and love for humanity not by familial relationships as defined by a DNA Test. Caregivers transcend the boundaries of biological ties to address the concerns of those in need.
The whole definition of family has changed over the years to include extended families, blended families, foster families, adopted families, non-traditional families and generic families, which, include relatives and friends. The caregiver takes care of any number of these individuals within the designated family/friends arena. These families with sick members require a lot of attention and that is where the caregiver comes in; willingly or not so willingly to help out.
In certain circumstances the individual in need does not have any biological family to help, or the family refuses to help and that is where a concerned neighbor steps in to help the person who is alone and sick. Again the DNA test connection plays no part in the decision to help a sick person with the care that he or she needs. The person, the caregiver is often alone and isolated from any one else willing to take on the challenge; and a challenge it is. However, while all concern is placed upon the sick, caregivers often forget to take care of themselves.
To be continued
Information for caregivers in the Montreal Area
Memory and Alzheimer’s Help in Montreal